Friday, July 1, 2016

Bursting With More Color

In addition to Wednesday's post, I'm sharing some more Ken Oliver Color Burst projects we made in class with Sandy Allnock.

This was made by sprinkling green powder in a diagonal on the tag and then spritzing with water. Once it dried, I stamped flowers and then painted them with the Liquid Metal paint.



This rose stem is stamped and heat embossed in white and then powdered and then spritzed. See how the red powder escaped the flower and mixed with the green at the top? Unpredictable!




This one uses a combination of letting the Color Burst powders do their thing on the background and then adding some Ken Oliver Liquid Metal paint on the stamped area with a brush. The shine in these paints is lovely.



You can see I did another Color Burst and Liquid Metal mix here and the shine in the close-up pic is gorgeous!





These next two are the Hero Arts Antique Rose stamp that I love on watercolor paper, with Color Burst backgrounds and roses. I used the Color Burst mixed with water to make a paint. It looks like a traditional watercolor this way. No wild bursts of color like the Petunias above. But why go through the extra step? I'd just suggest regular watercolors for this style.


And I think that wraps up my examples from my five hour class! Again, these Color Burst Powders are fun and have a mind of their own, so if you don't enjoy surprises while you're creating, I'd use them as paint (mix the powders with water on a palette and use a brush). And if you like shimmer, the Liquid Metal paints are gorgeous and I recommend them.

Happy Friday!
Chark



Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Color Burst Powders and Me

Tomorrow on the a2z Scrapbooking blog, I'll be sharing some tips and art from my class with Sandy Allnock with my buddy, Linda. We learned a lot and had a lot of fun playing around with these colorful powders. 

The Ken Oliver Color Burst Powders react with water (and will reactivate with water once dry, which is important to remember) and make all kinds of cool patterns and effects. You can start with spritzing your paper and then add in the powder or sprinkle the powder on a page and then spritz with water.

Of course, you can also use a paintbrush for a little more control, but the fun of these powders is how they are a little unpredictable.

Ok, this is what we were supposed to make with the Color Burst powders for our final project. You use a brush in a limited way for the centers and to delineate petals a bit, but mostly, you just apply powder and water and try to make this happen. Ha!


This was my attempt in purples...and ALSO after I went home and added like, a ton of colored pencil to make it look more like a petunia. I didn't take a pic beforehand, because frankly, it was embarrassing. But that background, though. Fun and dynamic!


And a close-up of the color mixing that happened on the page. Some of the powder is a little more concentrated on the right-hand side, so it didn't move as much and looks like dots. More water and less powder on the top left means more movement.


This next one uses a sprinkle of the green powder up the tag and then some little flowers in the white spaces. The flowers were made by using clean water and a brush to make the petals and then dropping the powder on top of those areas. It spreads wherever there is water. The green dried by this point, but keep in mind it still reactivates after rewetting, so those colors will mix a bit. I added the leaves in with a paintbrush and the powder mixed with water.


This last one is a mix of the shimmer paint, Metallic Liquid and the green powders as background, along with stamped flowers and leaves.


I'm telling you, if you like to play, you need to try a couple of these. If you don't like a mess or surprises, these Color Burst powders aren't for you. But the Metallic Liquids might be up your alley, you just use them as paint and they are so shiny!

I'll have more on Friday if you'd like to see that shine up close and personal on another piece.

Happy Wednesday!
Chark




Monday, June 27, 2016

Happy Pineapple Day

So, today is Pineapple Day and although it's not my most favorite fruit, I do like it once in a while. And I definitely like it in Pina Coladas or cake form :) One way my mom used pineapple was in these Soft Pineapple cookies. They are so tasty, though she always added some buttercream frosting and this recipe doesn't call for it. They are very soft cakey cookies, which is probably why I like them frosted!




If you want to celebrate Pineapple Day, you could always buy this adorable partial die from Hero Arts or the color layering stamps over at a2z Scrapbooking. Pineapples are pretty popular right now in the craft world, perhaps since pineapples can be a sign of welcome. 

Although while we were visiting an old plantation near Baton Rouge, they told us that guests received a pineapple on the breakfast tray when it was time for their visit to be up. We found that kinda funny--hey, nice seeing you, take this pineapple and get out now.



While I didn't feature any pineapples, I did make a scrap page (it's been awhile since I made one) with my new Pretty Little Studio goodies. I think I should probably get a commission from them since I'm so enamored lately :)






I'm loving the bright colors of the Hello Heather collection and the gold striped paper is so lovely. You can see the shine of the stripes on the right edge. 




I added some gold die cut hearts (that they threw in for free--they always give a little something free in my orders!) and used a 12x12 sheet of teal shimmer paper.

I think it's pretty colorful and fun for this pic of my daughter. The black word die cuts and tiny phrase were from the same Heather collection and the ampersand was a gold sticker from PLS. They look good together I think. 

Happy Monday!
Chark

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Winner of the Summer Coffee Loving Blog Hop

It's official, I have a winner for the Neat & Tangled Clear Stamp Set from the CLBH and it's

Rebecca Yahrling!!



Congrats, Rebecca! Email me your address so I can send these out soon! 

Thanks to everyone for your wonderful comments!!

Happy Saturday!
Chark

Friday, June 24, 2016

Love This Printed Vellum

So, Pretty Little Studio is one of my favorite shops for unique and vintage items. They have die cuts of vintage Santas, little girls in big dresses and birthday parties. But they also carry some new fresh designs. One of my favorite is the Hello Heather collection.

This printed vellum (I'm using the green with flower print) is sooo pretty! I trimmed some layers and added the Hero Arts So Sorry Stamp & Cut heart that I'm enamored with lately. The background stencil is also Hero Arts and is on sale at a2z scrapbooking for $3.50 right now!


I watercolored the heart with Tombow markers and added my favorite crafty item, Stickles, in gold in the center die cut, along with some bold ribbon I found on sale at Michael's.

Gotta admit, I like how all the different elements came together for this card.

I'm entering it at A Blog Named Hero's vellum challenge, maybe you'll join me!


Happy Friday!
Chark


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Coffee Cuteness

Third card for the blog hop!



Using a Caffeine Fix digi from Hero Arts, I added some Pretty Little Studio items, including the sun ray jounaling card and the die cut bunny. 

Then I stenciled with Abandoned Corel with the Hero Arts Heart Pattern stencil (on sale at a2z Scrapbooking for $3.50 right now!) and adhered them.

Added one pearl bunny tail and that's it!



Isn't he adorable?!



Psst! I also have it on good authority that if you want to get the Hero Arts Layering Stamp Bundles, you can actually order the items from a2z Scrapbooking for less, if you use your super-secret CHARK15 discount on your order of $25 or more. And a2z ships cheaper if the total order is under $50. 

If there's a color layering stamp set that's out of stock in the store, all you have to do is hit the request button and they order for you, easy-peasy!

For example, this ice cream stamp/cut/ink bundle at Hero Arts ends up being about 9-10% off the items if sold singly...but CHARK15 will get you 15% off and also cheaper shipping!

Happy Wednesday!
Chark

P.S. Leave a comment for a chance to win this coffee stamp set! 

Closes 6-25-16 at 7pm eastern time.